March 3, 1967 The N.C. Essay Page 4
JONES VISITS DANCERS
On Wednesday, March 1, six chiefs
of Provincial Elementary Education
Services and six elementary school in
spector from Vietnam visited several
of the high school classes at NCSA as
a part of an eight-week observation
tour in the United States, Hawaii, and
The purpose of the tour is to
raise educational standards in Viet
nam through an exploration of cur
riculum, methods, and materials em
ployed in American schools.
After their tour of American
institutions, the group will spend
eighteen days studying at the East-
West Center of the University of
Hawaii and an additional two weeks at
the Center for International Develop-
ment in Taiwan.
The recent article in Parade mag
azine about the North Carolina School
of the Arts brought over 1,000 respons
es into the admissions offices. Miss
Mary Carlton, registrar, reports that
many people applied wanting to become
magicians, or to major in accordian
or harmonica. Some wanted to study
tap dancing, and one applicant asked
about our roller-skating department.
Aside from these choice replies
the admissions office has received
337 legitimate applications. "And
we are still getting them," Miss
Carlton said. "They may exceed 400."
Some of the States represented by
applicants are Texas, New York, Cali
fornia, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio,
Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
One girl even sent a tape from the
So far, 117 applications have
been made in the field of Music, 87
in Dance, and 133 in Drama.
Auditions for the Music depart
ment will be held March 3, 4 and 5.
Dance and Drama auditions are set for
March 10, 11, and 12.
This week the dance department
is benefiting from the inspiration
and vitality of modern dancer and
teacher Betty Jones and Swiss-born
Tritz Ltidin. They have just finish
ed a lecture-performance entitled
"Dances I Dance" in conception of
Betty Jones began her training
with Ted Shawn at Jacob's Pillow
where she spent five summers as a
scholarship student. The last sum
mer introduced her to Jose Limon.
Her entrance into the Limon
company was the resulty of an ac
cident which prevented a performance
by Miss Koner. Betty Jones was the
replacement in the "Vivaldi Concerto
Grosso." Presently, she is a soloist
with Jose liimon, a member of the Jul-
liard faculty, and a teacher at the
Connecticut Summer School.
Miss Jones is in agreement with
Ted Shawn's pyramid theory of having
comprehension of other forms. She
feels that a good ballet technique
is useful to the modern dancer;
modern is also helpful to the ballet
dancer for more freedom of movement.
DUAL PURSUIT OF THE DANCER
In discussing the tension and strain
which often results from an excessive
concentration on technique, Miss
Jones said that the joy of dancing
should carry the dancer through the
technique. The pursuit of technique
and expression should be dual. The
spontaniety of approach and lack of
fear will release unnecessary ten
Miss Jones is one of the most
vibrant and radiant personalities
in the field of dance. Her presence
at NCSA has given both pleasure and
inpiration to the students whom she
complimented saying that they "have
strong technique, good bodies, and
are nice dancers."
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revolution in America today. "All
over there is a cultural explosion!
Every year fewer and fewer people
go to the theatre in New York."
"The problem in New York is
that all the teachers are different.
Only the neighborhood playhouse has
a well-rounded program."